Krishi Avam Paristhitiki Vikas Sansthan (KRAPAVIS)

KRAPAVIS is a grass-roots organization concerned chiefly with the community-led revival of village forests, or orans, working in the arid of Thar Desert and semi - arid of Aravali hill bio-regions in Rajasthan. KRAPAVIS mission is clear: the betterment of ecology, agriculture and livestock practices, with a view to the sustainable livelihoods of rural pastoral communities in Rajasthan.

Restoring 10 sacred groves in Rajasthan

Restoring 10 sacred groves in Rajasthan
Photo from Progress Report 'Tree Plantation on Orans; Sacred Community Land in Rajasthan' (view small | med | large | orig)

Restoring 10 sacred groves in Rajasthan

Restoring 10 sacred groves in Rajasthan
Photo from Progress Report 'Orans' conservation' (view small | med | large | orig)

Craft Training, Alwar, Rajasthan

Craft Training, Alwar, Rajasthan
As part of our drive to ensure livelihood security for marginalized people, KRAPAVIS offers training courses in various traditional crafts. Here, women from Dehlawas village, Alwar District are receiving tuition in pottery from a local expert. The clay used is extracted without cost from orans, and vessels can later be sold for profit in nearby villages. (view small | med | large | orig)

Council Meeting, Alwar, Rajasthan

Council Meeting, Alwar, Rajasthan
When new renovation work is to be undertaken, or when rules governing oran use are to be changed, KRAPAVIS organizes village council meetings. Here, in Pathroda village, Alwar District, council members are discussing how funds should be allocated for conservation measures. Villagers then vote to decide the best course of action, and signatures are taken to ensure widespread cooperation (foreground). (view small | med | large | orig)

Talab Contruction, Alwar, Rajasthan

Talab Contruction, Alwar, Rajasthan
Here, residents of Kundla village, Alwar District are constructing a new water harvesting structure, or Talab, for Peerbaba ki Devbani oran. The work is carried out with financial support and technical assistance from KRAPAVIS and their donors. (view small | med | large | orig)
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